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Incredible 1961 WSC Yankees Team Signed OAL Ball Mickey Mantle & Roger Maris PSA

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The 1961 NY Yankees are widely considered the most dominant team in baseball history, just the uttering of the year alone draws forth the magical accomplishments that took place on the field.  They practically re-wrote the record books - winning 109 games and smashing 240 total home runs, while Whitey Ford led the majors with 25 wins and pitched a record 32 consecutive shutout innings in the World Series.  For the Yankees however, those accomplishments would take a back seat to one of the most dramatic home run duels in baseball history. The fabled "M&M Boys," Mantle and Maris, set their individual sights on Babe Ruth's legendary single season home run record, and in the process provided fans with one of the most exhilarating summers on record.  Mantle's chance at reaching the mark ended with a late season injury, leaving Maris alone to complete the chase. Despite unrelenting pressure from the media, the loss of his hair, and controversy regarding an asterisk next to his name - Maris persevered to his date with destiny, finally overtaking Ruth on that historic final game of the season.

While everybody understands the elite significance of this particular pinstriped edition, only cultured collectors are aware of the extreme rarity of team balls like the presented offering. The M&M Boys were so inundated with autograph requests during this historic season that most team balls bear clubhouse signatures from Mantle or Maris, or both. This exceptional example is a welcome diversion from the norm, all (23) signatures adorning this OAL (Cronin) ball are the genuine article, including: Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Elston Howard, Bill Dickey, Bobby Richardson, John Blanchard, Wally Moses, Tony Kubek, John Sain and the welcomed addition of Hall of Famer Lefty Gomez who was present at the time.  The blue ballpoint signatures rate approximately an 8/10 in strength.  The Mantle & Maris signatures are ideally placed right next to each other and can be displayed simultaneously.  The ball is in excellent condition with light toning/soiling throughout.  Befitting for such a majestic team, this 1961 Yankees' team ball is as complete and well-preserved of an example as one could ever hope to obtain.  It is truly an exceptional example in all respects, one that stands among the finest of its kind, and is a worthy centerpiece to even the most elite collections.  Includes a Full Letter of Authenticity from PSA/DNA (#AF08886).

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